Google Maps Returns to iPhone with Turn-by-Turn Navigation
Dec 12, 2012, 11:55 PM by Eric M. Zeman
Google today published a brand new Maps application for Apple's iPhone. The new Google Maps has 2D and 3D vector-based graphics, Street View, business photos, and, for the first time, free voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation. Google Maps for iPhone also includes live traffic updates, public transportation routes and schedules, and 80 million searchable points of interest. According to Google, Maps is constantly updated with user-supplied feedback concerning accuracy. For example, Google suggests that iPhone users shake their phone when they see something in Maps that's incorrect. Doing so will let users send corrections to Google. Last, Google also released Google Maps SDK for iOS so developers can build Google Maps directly into their own iOS applications. Google Maps for iOS works on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, though Google says it is optimized for the iPhone 5. It is free to download and use. Apple removed the native Google Maps app from iOS earlier this year, substituting it with its own, in-house mapping program.
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